In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, AD 2142, Detective Sidney Hurst attends a brutal murder scene. The victim is one of the wealthy North family clones - but none have been reported missing. And the crime’s most disturbing aspect is how the victim was killed.
Twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire and his household were horrifically murdered in exactly the same manner, on the tropical planet of St Libra. But if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? Tough and confident, she never waivered under interrogation - claiming she alone survived an alien attack. But there is no animal life on St Libra.
Investigating this alien threat becomes the Human Defence Agency’s top priority. The bio-fuel flowing from St Libra is the lifeblood of Earth’s economy and must be secured. So a vast expedition is mounted via the Newcastle gateway, and teams of engineers, support personnel, and xenobiologists are dispatched to the planet. Along with their technical advisor, grudgingly released from prison, Angela Tramelo. But the expedition is cut off, deep within St Libra’s rainforests.
Then the murders begin. Someone or something is picking off the team one by one. Angela insists it’s the alien, but her new colleagues aren’t so sure. Maybe she did see an alien, or maybe she has other reasons for being on St Libra....
This is a stunning standalone adventure, by a writer at the height of his powers.
©2012 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2012 Pan Macmillian Publishers Ltd
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Maybe, I loved this book. I'm fairly new to Audible and I read some reviews which suggested this book was hard to get into at the beginning but I didn't find that to be the case. I would consider listening to it again one day.
The technology, the futuristic thoughts and already seeing some of the technology becoming a reality. You are always thinking about the characters and their relationships.
Everything, great accents, gender alternatives - good narrative.
Alien, Friend or Foe?
If you love tech or sci-fy read/listen to this book!
I loved this book. Very entertaining and imaginative. If you like any form of fantasy/sci-Fi then this book is a dead cert. beautifully written and the narration did it justice. Impossible to fault in my mind.
Number one definitely.
Any other of the Peter Hamilton works, or maybe Iain M Banks sci fi.
Yes, they are all excellent.
For the Norths, everything heads South...
A very long and involved detective/murder mystery story, based in the near but slightly different future, with many familiar things slightly tweaked. I loved it.
"More great story telling"
Sci-fi, Detective, Mystery
Sidney Hurst, a real person trying to survive in the bureaucratic system, in the middle of the opposing, forces playing a balancing game, while trying to satisfy his family commitments
I really like his voice he has narrated many of Peters books, and brings a 1930s detective feel to the sci-fi genre. which suits the Newcastle location of the story
Inhuman Monster mystery
Buy it, read it and listen to it, and if it becomes a film lets watch it
"Great story, excellent narration"
Toby Longworth is an amazing narrator, with decent, consistent accents and perfect pace.
The story itself is classic Hamilton - sweeping story arc combined with believable characters and just the right amount of detail.
Any other Peter F Hamilton space opera.
His narration brings the characters to life.
I hate tag lines.
None needed. Well worth listening to.
"Hamilton returns to form"
As good as the Kindle edition, if not better.
Angela Tramelo [ne of the key characters] is remarkably well written and, ultimately, very cool indeed.
It's epic all the way to the end. Without spoilers it's hard to describe but there's a sequence where some of the lead characters find themselves in a somewhat unexpected climate change. It's compelling.
I loved his early novels but hated the "Void" trilogy - just never got hooked by them. This is classic Hamilton back again!
"Not for me"
Trying too hard - over use of acronyms. The story didn't hold my attention & I couldn't wait for it to be over. Wouldn't dream of getting the next books in the series.
I'm not a sci fi fan. I'm jaded by crime fiction. Can stand books about wars and armies. So what made me choose this book I will never know. But I am so glad I did. It was so vivid that I almost believe the technology described in the book actually exists and that I am just too out of the loop to have downloaded it yet! The stories and characters are rich and believable and I was so pleased there was a part two to listen to once I'd finished part one. Amazing. Highly recommended.
"Completely addictive and absorbing, eventually!"
After too many characters and details at the beginning I was completely hooked and have to buy part two immediately. There are several twists that as far as I can see don't add much to the story and are unnecessary however once into the plot you can follow the main characters and story easily.
"too much sci fi!"
I love the sci fi genre but this was just a little too much for me. I found that I couldn't picture or understand any of the elements spoken about. It took too long to get going and I never finished listening to it. sorry, this bored me to a point where I couldn't listen
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